Summer can be a great time to enjoy some family fun, but it can also present a challenge. Keeping your brood busy during the extended school holidays isn’t always easy and if you’re not careful, you could be facing tears and tantrums when the warmer sets in. For inspiration to help you occupy your youngsters, here are three fun and educational kids’ activities to try this sunny season.
1)Test your model building skills
Most kids love getting stuck into some model building, and there’s no shortage of these toys out there for you to choose from. To encourage your little ones to learn as they play, you could get models that expand their knowledge of history. Model aeroplanes are a great example. You can select designs that showcase iconic planes from the past. For the perfect balance of fun and education, you could take a look at the de Havilland Vampire rubber band-powered planes available from the RAF Museum Shop. These models are easy to construct and while building them with your tots, you can teach them a little of background of these historic aircraft, which entered RAF service during the Second World War.
2) Get creative in the garden
Given that we should get a least a little nice weather this summer, it’s also worth planning some activities in your garden. Children and mud are a match made in heaven (if also a test for your washing machine!). To get your little ones interested in nature and the planting process, why not start a sunflower growing contest? You could try your hand at growing edible greenery too. From cress to cucumbers, there are a host of plants that your children can sow, nurture and eat over a relatively short period of time. It’s surprising how much useful information kids can pick up while having fun in the garden.
3) Reach for the craft box
For those inevitable rainy days, get some arts and crafts activities lined up. You could turn your kitchen or another suitable space in your home into a temporary studio by laying out some paints, crayons, prints and paper. Other great ideas including everything from creating felt finger puppets to putting together colourful mosaics. You can get instructions for these crafts online and the materials are simple to source. Sessions like this can help your youngsters to develop their creative skills. Just make sure you put some protective sheets down if your kids are likely to leave a mess – and give them some old clothes to wear while they’re having their art attacks.
There’s no getting around the fact that preparing for the school holidays can be daunting, but with activities like these up your sleeve, you should be able to keep your kids entertained and educated this summer.